Buddha Shakyamuni with Arhats (18th c) © Himalayan Art Collection

Dharma Mitra (Khenpo Tsering)

Dharma Mitra received his education from several different Buddhist masters and scholars. Some of his close teachers were, and are, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Professor Sempa Dorje and Khenpo Chodrak Tenphel Rinpoche. Dharma Mitra was blessed with the title of Khenpo by both Karmapa and Shamar Rinpoche at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI). Shamar Rinpoche then sent him to Kalimpong along with his other Khenpo friends to teach at the newly inaugurated Shri Diwakar Vihara, Buddhist Institute for Higher Studies. He was given the responsibility of headmaster of that institute. In 2006, Shamar Rinpoche brought him to the US to teach at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers in America. Since that time, he has been one of the main teachers at KIBI as well as at the Bodhi Path centers in the Americas. In 2007, he was given the main responsibility to arrange the study courses at KIBI. Dharma Mitra is known as Khenpo Tsering among his many close students, and he resides at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center in San Luis Obispo, when he is in the US.